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Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2017 6:00 am

Sounds of gun shots and explosions rang out in Cedarpines Park on Jan. 12, causing several alarmed residents to call Twin Peaks sheriff’s deputies to the 22000 block of Mojave River Road.

Other concerned residents quickly rushed outside, discovering that their neighbor, Timothy Gene Almeroth, 56, allegedly was setting off explosives and fireworks.

While deputies were en route to the area at around 8:40 p.m. the situation escalated when Almeroth reportedly became confrontational with the neighbors who asked him to stop lighting fireworks. Almeroth allegedly struck one of the neighbors on the hand with a large flashlight. Then, as deputies were on the way, Almeroth reportedly went inside.

Deputies Mascetti and Perez arrived and contacted Almeroth inside the residence. While discussing the incident with Almeroth, Perez reported, he noticed a large quantity of components for making explosives. Due to the apparent presence of explosives in the house, Mascetti notified the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Bomb and Arson Division.

Detectives from the division responded to the scene. They received a search warrant for Almeroth’s residence with authorization to seize the explosive components, as well as the flashlight used in the purported assault. The deputies and detectives reported that they recovered more than 56 pounds of liquid ammonium nitrate and other substances used for explosive manufacturing, according to a press release from the Twin Peaks sheriff’s station.

Science and chemistry references on the Internet state that by itself, ammonium nitrate is not an explosive, but it forms explosive mixtures when combined with primary explosives, fuels or other substances. Its major purpose as an explosive is used in mining, quarrying and civil construction.

Almeroth was arrested at 11:10 p.m. and booked into the West Valley Detention Center for violation of California Penal Code §245(a)(1), assault with a deadly weapon that can cause great bodily injury; and for PC §18720, manufacturing an explosive device. His bail was set at $150,000. On Jan. 13, Almeroth was released on bail at 5:44 p.m., at which time no appearance was scheduled. Since then, the San Bernardino Superior Court documents have not been updated to include Almeroth’s arraignment or hearings.

Those court documents do show that Almeroth’s past record includes two infractions in 2006 and 2014 for not displaying a vehicle tag, and one misdemeanor in 2014 for not following through on his promise to correct the lack of a tag. No other violations of the law appear on file.

Anyone with information about the current case should contact the Twin Peaks sheriff’s station at (909) 336-0600. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1 (800) 78-CRIME (27463), or leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.

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